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Sarah Palin: 'Told Ya So'

The way Sarah Palin presents it, she's a bit of a modern-day Cassandra.

She tried to warn you during the 2008 presidential campaign that a Barack Obama presidency would amount to socialism, that spending would be out of control and government would be bigger. But nooo, you didn't listen. You went and elected Obama president anyway.

"Kind of a 'we told ya so,'" Palin tells Sean Hannity in a Fox News interview set to air tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

According to a transcript of the interview obtained by the Drudge Report, Palin tells Hannity, "When you consider that the federal government is about eleven trillion dollars in debt, and we're borrowing more to spend more... it defies any sensible economic policy that any of us ever learned through college. It defies economy practices and principles that tell ya 'you gotta quit digging that hole when you are in that financial hole.'"

As the Alaska governor railed on about the government takeover of the U.S. auto industry, the conservative talk show host begged her for more with this softball: "It does go back a little to the campaign. I mean, 'spread the wealth, patriotic duty...'"

That's when Palin made the "told ya so" comment. She acknowledged that during the campaign "maybe we didn't have a good way of expressing that, or articulating that message of 'here is what America could potentially become if we grow government to such a degree that we cannot pay for it and we have to borrow money from other countries, some countries that don't necessarily like America.'"

But, she warned, "Our country could evolve into something that we do not even recognize."

"Socialism?" Hannity asks her. Indeed, Palin says. "If we keep going down these roads nationalizing many of our services, our projects, our businesses, yes that is where we would head."

And what do budget policy experts who sympathize with Obama think of Palin's comments?

"She had no credibility on economic issues during the campaign, so to say she told us so really doesn't mean much. Wonder why she's not giving this interview to Katie Couric?" says veteran left-leaning congressional budget guru Stan Collender, now a partner at Qorvis Communications.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 8, 2009; 3:25 PM ET
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And precisely how well is Gov. Palin credentialed as an economist, pray tell?? Thought so . . . and, of course, that explains why fair-and-balanced Hannity would be tossing her softballs . . .
Quite a pair, they . . . .

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | June 8, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson BOTH edited their Gov. Palin interviews in a way to make her look bad to the American people.. I don't think that will happen again. Gov. Palin learned about the Media Bias the hard way, and we all know the history of the Media's blind support for Obama. Everyday we learn something new about Obama that the biased press failed to disclose in their efforts to get him elected.

Gov. Palin was correct, EVERYTHING she warned the Country about regarding Obama/Biden is happening as we speak. As President Obama's policies continue to destroy the American Economy, the American people will start to finally pay attention, and may finally realize they elected the wrong party. I can only hope we can salvage America in 2010/2012. Gov. Palin will be on the front line leading the way.

Posted by: 1djn | June 8, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

To 1djn,

Frankly, I thought both Ms. Couric and Mr. Gibson lobbed softball questions at her, not hardballs. Gov. Palin put the nail in her own coffin herself, with her unedited performance during the vice presidential debates. My daughter is still talking about the way Gov. Palin would punctuate her replies with winks-- unbelievably ridiculous.

There are signs that the economy is beginning to turn around. I doubt it's quite bottomed out yet; these situations have a ripple effect. But I think in another year you'll see the economy very much on the mend, and I suspect Pres. Obama will be safely reelected.

Posted by: dcgrasso1 | June 8, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I swear, Republicans are the dumbest creature on the planet. Bush and Cheney spent 8 years in office doing nothing but spending and losing money everywhere, not to mention losing untraceable money.

After only 5 months in office, Repukes want to blame President Obama for everything Bush and Cheney did.

Republicans should NEVER be allowed to hold any office, mainly because they are totally incapable of accepting ANY responsibility.

And they know NOTHING about the economy.

Republicans on this site and others are just whaling about how President Obama is "destroying" the economy, and being EXTREMELY shortsighted that just 5 months ago, the economy was so bad they wanted President Obama to begin work on the economy even before he was sworn in.

Not to mention that as a result of the Republicans running the economy into the ground is exactly what helped President Obama get elected, because everybody in the world knows that Republicans know nothing about the economy.

Get a life.

Posted by: lindalovejones | June 8, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

TO 1djn:

Obama has been in office less than 5 months. The economy was tanking WAY before he ever took office. He is actually HELPING things, not the other way around.

Thank GOD Sarah Palin is not anywhere near the White House right now. The poor woman is clueless and caters to people with even less intellect than SHE. A scary thought indeed...

Posted by: mavisdarling | June 8, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

But of course Palin has credibility on economics. She can see a bank from her office...

Posted by: rashomon | June 8, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin is so silly and irrelevant, why the obsession? Clearly the Left noted her appeal, and are out to eliminate the threat- it's not like it's not obvious.

Palin has been highly successful in life while ignoring the left-wing feminist model... this helps to explain the extra dose of venom in the attacks.

Democrats are plenty afraid of Palin coming-back at them in 2012 with a dynamic and complementary VP like Bobby Jindal... or visa versa. And they surely have reason to fear her-

Palin is the most popular governor in the country... are all those people idiots? Alaska was a pretty corrupt system until she stepped in. Her reforms took on entrenched politicians (inc. Republicans), a mafioso-style union boss, and Big Oil.

Wouldn't it have been nice if Obama had been principled and brave enough to confront the corrupt Chicago Democratic Machine?

Or shady political operators like Tony Rezko?

Racist preachers?

Instead of doing business with every last one of them?

Go get em, Sarah- and don't mind the press, nobody will be listening to them anymore after the pending Obamamania implosion- and the ties of GE and others are fully exposed.

Posted by: ReaganiteRepublican | June 9, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

The obsession that many have with Sarah Palin has nothing to do with her grasp or gasp of policy but watching to see her mangle a sentence with great earnestness. She is interesting to watch, you have to admit.

Posted by: Thinking4 | June 9, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Palin hasn't been the most popular governor in America for some time. She lost that notch in her belt...well, after she started speaking nationally during the campaign. After the public saw her in the spotlight - her favorability ratings crashed.

Amazing how popular you can be when your are an enigma, and how unpopular you become when people find out who you really are. Palin is red meat republican for sure, but she is a huge turn-off for independents. The GOP would be very foolish to nominate her over someone like Gingrich who has middle ground appeal, and can speak intelligently off the cuff.

Posted by: trident420 | June 9, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Well, well ...we've sure seen what the Presidential "boys" can do in office haven't we? War, and more war -- spending, and more spending -- taxing and more taxing: politics as usual. Now, looking ahead to 2012: Why NOT the "girls"? Palin and Clinton, or Clinton and Palin? Either way, sounds good to me -- real good!

Posted by: mpwynn | June 9, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

No matter what your personal political leanings may be, it's important to try to have the intellectual honesty not to confuse the messenger with the message. Would it really matter if Sarah Palin were indeed the dumbest woman on the planet if it turned out she was correct on this point? I am certain many of the people commenting are far less qualified to offer opinions on the economy than she. I'm sure millions upon millions of voters are vastly less qualified. Yet their voices are important.
I believe it is less important who a person is or what they've done than whether or not their comments have any creedence. If you allow yourself to get hung up in what you think of the person, you are inevitably going to miss a lot of truth in a lot of messages for no other reason than who's speaking them. That's dangerous. Separating the action from the actor, the message from the messenger is one of the hallmarks of intellectual honesty and integrity. I think America would benefit greatly from a double dose of just those very traits.

Posted by: BTallmadge | June 9, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

as usual, palin's correct in her view of the situation, was correct in her prognostications, and didn't need a teleprompter to make her case. not a single "uhhhh" in the whole interview, obamaa can't give you the time of day without teleprompter and speechwriter. the best part of palin is that you can believe she's going to do what she says she's going to do, whether you are going to like it or not. our sarah is not a hypocrite or liar.

Posted by: dennisintn | June 9, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin's knowledge of economics and other subjects when she ran for VP was minimal, so for her to suddenly try to pass as an expert is absurd. "I told you so" doesn't begin to address the root of the problem.

Our economy problems started with Pres. Reagan and his Reaganomics deregulation that took us back to pre-Depression days. They were turned around quite a bit by Pres. Clinton, who left a surplus in the kitty. Then Pres. Bush et al. came and squandered all that surplus and then some.

A hole like we're in now doesn't get dug in less than five months. Her advice to "quit digging that hole" should've gone to all the Republicans who dug it. No reasonable person can see how Pres. Obama is in any way responsible. Or how Ms. Palin could have fixed anything!

Posted by: CallmeIsmael | June 9, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Lets see she cant remember what papers she reads but yet she can spot socialism? Yeah right. So i guess it isnt socialism in her mind to give an oil company over 400 million of her taxpayer dollars for a pipeline that hasnt even been designed......

Posted by: rharring | June 9, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

The progressive socialists that voted for Obama and company are sure happy, but I wonder what it will take for the rest of his supporters to realize that they are not getting what they thought they were voting for. That is my conclusion because I cannot bring myself to believe that mainstream America is ready to become mainstream Europe which is so tightly regulated by government that business is dead, culture is dead and the native populations are not reproducing. Muslims do not have to take over Europe. They are already taking it over by procreation.
Is socialized medical care the trip wire, does Microsoft have to move overseas as they have threatened, does small business have to die off from taxation and burdening by the government or do we plain have to get into food shortages because farming has been killed off by government regulation and taxation. What will it take for sensible people to realize that this country, since Obama's policies have been enacted is accelerating toward massive unemployment and personal suffering. What will it take to realize that Obama views our constitution as an obstacle to be dealt with and eliminated. Obama is a a left wing progressive. Why don't you study what they want for America and help us stop it before too much damage is done.

Posted by: Bjorn3 | June 9, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse


As a Obama voter let me answer your post. Me i am very please with the way he as acted so far. Alot of people forget he inherited one of the worse recessions in recent memory. And instead of lying to us he has been straightforward as to what he and us as a nation has to do to correct it. The money he is spending is to save jobs, upgrade infrastructure and prop up the financial markets. So far he has done a great job. As you can see by how the economy is slowly turning around. Now the naysayers even if he turns the country around will still like you call it European socialism. Yet these same people stood by idly will Bush and the GOP recklessly spent this country into the ground. Now a majority of the problems our corporations faced were their own, neither party stopped it but neither party is to blame for the corporate greed that led to our nations downfall. And right now 66% of this country disagree with your observation and most of the other Fox nation observers. When Clinton was in chare Limbaugh saw nothing right with the country even though Clinton handed Bush a 295 billion dollar surplus. What you guys tend to forget is that Bush had a 92% approval rating in the days, weeks and months after September 11th. And contrary to your belief that the mainstream media conspired to bring him down, even though they never asked him any tough questions, the American people finally caught on to all his failed policies and voted in someone new. So if your looking for someone to blame how about pointing the finger at the real culprit instead of the guy who has been in office 5 months trying to clean up an 8 year mess...........

Posted by: rharring | June 9, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin knows ALOT MORE about economics than Obama and those democrat nerds in congress!! She told the truth during her campaign. That is not so with BO and all his lies.

Posted by: annnort | June 9, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

... and B Hussein has credibility as an economist ... how? Seems that's one of the weakest points (among many) of his background, having been a 'community organizer', never having had to deal w/P&L of a business. He's more familiar with the back-door, circuitous routes of money management a la Acorn.

Posted by: mudhen1 | June 9, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

You know for once i wish you guys would use your own words not Fox's. Palin told the truth? If you believe that i have some ocean front property in Kansas to sell ya real cheap....

Posted by: rharring | June 9, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

How can Palin know whether America is socialist or not? Well, she can see Russia from right where she's sitting, yah, you betcha!


Posted by: bs2004 | June 9, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe we are spending time debating whether Sarah Palin is intelligent on ANYTHING?!? By any stretch of imagination! LOL! Sarah Palin is simply the biggest JOKE the republicans have played on the American public. Repub strategist REALLY believed that the country would certainly sooner elect a White unintelligent, beauty-queen of a woman over a Black learned, accomplished man with a funny name. What was her foreign policy experience? "i can see Russia from my window.." The economy is tanking because we have gone completely into debt fighting a war we should have never been in! Everything flows from that! If we weren't spending 10Billion a month on no-bid haliburton contracts, imagine where we would be! President Obama cannot be expected to FIX 8 years of "blank"-ups in less than 5 months!

Posted by: CalLeeDar | June 9, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

You don't know about Sarah Palin's economic credentials? Well, then let me tell ya: from some parts of her state, you can see Russia! So there!

Posted by: Observer44 | June 9, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Let's see... someone who 'reads all the papers' but can't name a single one is saying she's RIGHT ON with her previous economic predictions if Obama got elected.

I hate to think about what kind of 'solutions' she or Senator McCain (who couldn't remember how many houses he had) would have us try to solve the mess their Party, in large part, created.

I'm sorry, people, but Sarah Palin in just one more in the line of the 'Idiot for President' train run out by the GOP. If that's the best that Party can do, it may be a long, long time before I ever cast my vote for a Republican again for ANY office let alone President of the United States.

Posted by: MT_Guy | June 9, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

This country is in very bad financial trouble brought on by the policies of the current Obama administration. If veteran left-leaning congressional budget guru Stan Collender doesn't see it then he has less knowledge then Sarah Palin.

Posted by: gerrypooh | June 9, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin was right and that infuriates this reporter and all her fans who will remain in denial even after the forced bankruptcy of the U.S.A.
Gov. Palin had more executive experience just from being Mayor then the mostly absent but pretty Senator from IL. Another fact that drives socialists into a fit of rage.
Just the facts ma'am.
Just like the fact that 85% of all news media are Democrats (socialists) and voted for the Marxist and will do anything, say anything to cover for Obama at any cost.
They preached economic depression through out the election for two years to drive fear in to the voters, and were more successful then they ever dreamed. If the majority of the country can't see that driving companies and their jobs out of business and setting new records for national debt are killing our country then we deserve to go the way of the dinosaur and become a 3rd world country.

Posted by: rickinmich619 | June 9, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Dear Madame Governor Palin,

You are a personality.
And the scary part of your personality is that like some other conservatives, while being literate, you actually believe some of the things you a saying.

I would rather vote for Eskimo kissing and Eskimo Pies.

But, I do think you should run for President. I believe it would be good for everyone to have you as a candidate.

If I got tired of Jay Leno, I could change channels.

Entertainment on TV you know is free.

All the Best
dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | June 9, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

As long as the political process allows for these mindless paper dolls to front agendas we are going to waste our time with our own senseless questioning of their opinion and thoughts.
Let's have the real boys, and girls who are pushing these agendas step out from the shadows for an effectual discussion. I even have the first question to get the ball rolling "Why do you feel the need to hide?"

Posted by: Humbleprimadivoi | June 9, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Everyday I am thankful that Obama is in the White House. Once again, it will take a democrat to clean up the tragic and costly mess created by a republican administration. The Bush/Cheney recession and all of their other catastrophes - and I include 9/11 in that category - have put this country in a critical situation. If there was no stimulus package, there would be no way to climb out of this recession and the economy would tank more so. Palin and Hannity should review the history of Japan's recession - it took longer to get out of it because the government didn't react quickly. When credit markets seize up, the only agency left to spend money is the federal government.

Where were the so-called conservatives who scream about socialism now when Bush/Cheney blew the budget?

Posted by: kxw123 | June 9, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it....The Republicans approved the surge in Iraq allowing that to drive up the deficit and stabalize that country, but hurt this country. Yet, they don't want to approve the surge in American which will drive up the deficit, BUT will stabalize the country. It is amazing how many Republican politicians set back and watched Bush drive up the deficit, and drive--steamroll the economy and this country into this current state of affairs. Not one of them said a thing, yet knowing that he was sinking us deeper and deeper into the abyss. NOW, they want to SAY something??? For 8 years they watched--allowed a snowball (to) turn into an avalanche, and NOW, they want to complain??? Furthermore, they still have not learned anything!! They still don't get it! Their priorities are still misplaced, and THAT is why we are in this mess. This is OUR country. WE are in this together! Thinking and being loyal to a party, grumbling and complaining about a situation that they themselves created is...un-American, selfish and inexcusable! THEY owe US! Forget about Republican and Democrat, who said it or whose idea it was first, and realize that at some point THIS COUNTRY COMES FIRST! They were not elected for what they can do for their party, but for what they could do for this country!! How do we get the snowball back on the top of the mountain?? I don't think Palin was smart; she was being observant of the obvious choice. Sometimes, you have to go back in order to move forward. Perhaps, this is a good way, the best way, the only way to stabalize us. I don't know. I do know that the way we were going, which they approved for the past 6 to 8 years clearly WRONG. I wonder how they would vote if Afghanastan or Iraq required another "surge," since now they are so concerned about the deficit.

Posted by: MsAh1on1 | June 9, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

If Palin and her friends think that the US are on the way to socialism than Christianity is also socialism.
Read The Bible ( Mountain sermon )

Posted by: mixedbreed | June 10, 2009 2:24 AM | Report abuse

I find it incredible that the left is so obscessed with Sarah Palin. I Can't remeber a losing vp candidate that has recieved this much attention.
It is really quite interesting to see so many people who are following blindly our mainstream media who is supposed to be our eyes and ears as to what goes on in Washington. The arrogance of the followers is defining their ignorance.

Posted by: mollzan | June 10, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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